OUR 2021 CEW SCHOLARS

Deanella Mack

Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader | EY

Award: CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Deanella (Dee) Mack is the Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader at EY Australia (EY). Since November 2018, she has been providing cultural support and advice to EY staff and teams Australia wide to develop culturally safe workplace practices, increase staff cultural capability, and assist in implementing a culturally intelligent approach to working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Prior to joining EY Dee worked in several roles within Aboriginal organisations, NGO’s and Government departments across health, mental health, legal, education and community services. Then in 2014, started her own business, Cultural Connections NT, to provide local cultural awareness training in her community and cultural tourism at Angkerle Atwatye, Standley Chasm.

In 2017 she received the NT Indigenous Person’s Award from the Australian Association of Social Workers and is currently a board member for the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT).

Dee is an Arrernte woman, born and raised in Alice Springs, Central Australia currently living and working in Brisbane, Queensland. She credits her maternal grandparents for influencing the work she does today and is passionate about creating systemic changes by embedding Indigenous cultural capability standards to inform workplace policy, processes, and practices.

Katrina Johnson  

Managing Director | Cartymara Consulting

Award: CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

A proud Gooreng Gooreng woman, Katrina Johnson was raised on my traditional lands located along the Burnett River from Cania Gorge to Bundaberg in South-East Queensland, Australia. I am a direct descendant of Granny Betsy, Granny Lexie, Lena Horton and Phyllis Appo.

Katrina lived and worked on Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton, Victoria, for over 30 years and used her extensive journalism, media management and communication skills to carve out a career serving her community.

Under the leadership of Yorta Yorta leader Paul Briggs OAM and driven by a commitment to empower others, her work has influenced various sectors including media, education, business, employment, youth and families, leadership, not-for-profit and community governance. An active contributor to my family and community, Katrina continues to lead in various roles outside her work commitments. A 2019 Executive Master of Business Administration graduate at Melbourne Business School, her next venture is tackling corporate, government, education and business domains to pursue avenues that will drive economic parity, cultural affirmation, and self-determination for First Australians and First Nations’ Peoples of the world. Using a rights-based approach, she believes moving from intervention to investment will transform prosperity for both First Nations’ people and non-Indigenous peoples.

Katrina is an experienced corporate executive with a demonstrated history of working in leadership, people and culture, organisational development, media relations, management, strategy, business, engagement, and community organising. Katrina is a highly skilled journalist with newspaper publishing, editing and newsroom management skills.

Work and life has taken Katrina abroad and she currently enjoys doing business globally. Katrina is currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.

She is married to Mark Johnson with four children and three grandchildren.